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  • Water Bound: A Sea Haven Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (298)

    The last thing Sid remembered was being enlisted to protect a vulnerable young woman in the coastal town of Sea Haven. Then, as if in some nightmare, he was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, he was saved - pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. Soon they will be bound by tantalizing secrets, which will engulf them both in a whirlpool of passion and danger.

    Angela says: "A new start with a dash of reunion"
    "oh, puleeze!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The overall plot was actually intriguing and the first hour or so of the book was an enjoyable set-up of an interesting and flawed (but likeable) female character. However, after the entrance of the male lead in the story, it quickly began to veer in an unbelievable and improbable direction. After repeatedly thinking "oh, puleeze!" and "no she didn't!", I knew that this story was not for me. Judging from the first couple of hours of reading, this book is better suited for those who enjoy the Harlequin romance genre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (539)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Geraldine Brooks scores another home run"
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    What made the experience of listening to People of the Book the most enjoyable?

    The intricately woven journey of a treasured book through centuries of social, political, and religious change and turmoil. It is obvious that the author did a great deal of historical research, which enriched the characters and environments in this story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of People of the Book?

    There were many high points in this story. Among them was the fascinating and detailed description of the delicate tools and level of perfection that were invested in creating early hand illuminated manuscripts. The human stories that were stitched together on the foundation of the cherished book flowed beautifully.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edwina Wren?

    Anyone who has a better command of language accents. Some of her interpretations of Castilian Spanish and Eastern European languages were forced, artificial, and very distracting. Otherwise, Ms. Wren did a nice job of evoking subtleties of a wide range of emotion and humanizing the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13487)
    Performance
    (5793)
    Story
    (5835)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "An enjoyable investment of 40 hours!"
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    An excellent period story -- well-researched, fascinating, great character development. I recommend that The Pillars of the Earth be read before reading the second book, World Without End.

    This book would have rated five stars, if it had not contained so many scenes of detailed brutality and violence. Other than this flaw, I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the depth of the characters, with their weaknesses, bravery, capacity for love, and ingenuity. Follett painted a beautifully detailed landscape of intertwined lives, and integrated fascinating details of 12th century life and architecture.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glamorous Illusions: Grand Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa T. Bergren
    • Narrated By Jaime Draper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Cora is about to discover who she truly is. It’s the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, but someone dear to Cora is failing as well. One fateful afternoon, a stranger comes to call, and Cora discovers a terrible secret about her past… a secret that will radically change her future. Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe, a trip intended to finish a person’s education and solidify an understanding of refinement and ancient culture.

    Regina says: "Captivating story"
    "A good selection for mature adolescents"
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    This book has a sweet, predictable storyline with improbable twists. Naive country girl from hardscrabble background discovers that her loving parents have kept her true paternity a secret. Girl's wealthy biological father sweeps in to rescue her from her parents' growing financial hardship, leaving her longing for her simple life. Girl's inscrutable new father immediately sends her on a grand tour of Europe with her newly discovered siblings, who are hostile to the interloper. Girl suffers identity crisis and her plucky personality emerges. You can guess the rest. A sophisticated, wealthy French nobleman inexplicably falls in love with her at first sight. But the steadfast, handsome young tour guide with no prospects (who seems to be in a constant state of angst) also moons after her -- what's a girl to do? I will never know because I won't be reading the sequel. I would recommend this book to mature adolescents, rather than adult readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (322)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "An intriguing tale"
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    The author/narrator did a wonderful job of subtly and delicately telling her tale. No one knows her story better than an author, and Geraldine Brooks breathed life into her characters and scenes.

    Such an intriguing story, with whispers of nuance liberally sprinkled throughout the story. The tale unfolds in the 17th century with a nicely-crafted set-up for the birth and spread of a deadly plague that brutally takes lives and shreds the fabric of a small, rural community. Even though a few lives in the community are spared, their souls are flayed by the experience and they lose their innocence along with the lives they have known since birth. Tragic death and social collapse reduce the living conditions of the survivors to primitive survival.

    This fascinating story is about revival, redemption, and the innate resilience of humans. Our main character discovers her ability to adapt and find beauty and comfort in the essence of love, sacrifice, and benevolence.

    The story is well-researched, and the small details of 17th-century life flesh out the fascinating story. That is, until the end of the tale. The cadence of the end of the tale is out of step with the rest of the story. The end doesn't do justice to the spare and well-told story of a remarkable woman who lives through hell on earth. Despite the improbable end, Years of Wonder is a compelling, enjoyable, and worthwhile read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14336)
    Performance
    (12595)
    Story
    (12641)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    J. Cano says: "A tale of two publishers:"
    "Disapointing sequel"
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    I was looking forward to book five of the series, but was very disappointed. There are so many characters that it's difficult to keep track of their story lines, except for the main characters. There was a lot of unnecessary violence in this book, which didn't contribute to the story. There were a few riveting sections, but the flow of the story was marred by a great deal of excessive dialogue and description, and the story didn't progress as much as it should have, given the length of the book. It just wasn't as well-crafted as Martin's earlier books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5472)
    Performance
    (3209)
    Story
    (3255)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "Wonderfully woven story"
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    Intriguing story, which didn't lag. If you enjoy the English turn-of-the-century-free-spirit-heroine type of novel, you'll like this. The author did a wonderful job of painting pictures and capturing characters' actions with words. I do wish I had read the book, rather than listened to the audiobook format. Given the fact that the storyline wasn't linear, it would have been nice to be able to flip back a few pages or chapters to re-read sections to refresh my memory after I skipped a few days between listens. But don't let that stop you -- it's a good listen and the narrator was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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